Introduction

There has always been an interest in national and international security within the discipline of International Relations. The devastation caused by the two World Wars led to the establishment of the League of Nations in 1919 and the United Nations in 1945 to ‘maintain international peace and security’ (Preamble, UN Charter) by urging states to make a commitment to resolving their disputes through peaceful means. The World Wars also led to the emergence of the academic discipline of International Relations. While war is a timeless theme, interest in the study of the causes of war and of different types of conflict, both between states and within states, has grown over the years and produced an impressive body of academic literature ...

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